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Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park) 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park)

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Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park), not to be confused with its sister school Francis Holland School (Sloane Square), is one of London’s leading independent schools for girls. Founded in 1878, it is home to a community of 500 thriving and passionate students. [1]

In 2022, 90% of all A Level results were awarded grades A*-B, with 85% of Extended Project Qualification results achieving an A*. In the same year, 86% of all GCSE results were awarded grades 9-7. [2]

Francis Holland offers a balanced and varied curriculum, stimulating enthusiasm for creativity, curiosity, and learning. As well as offering the core subjects taught by specialist teachers, such as maths and English, the school offers a selection of other subjects, such as an array of modern foreign languages, art, drama, Latin, life skills, and technology & programming. [3]

Aside from its excellent academic record, Francis Holland offers a wide range of extra and co-curricular activities, encouraging their girls to grow into well-rounded individuals and positive members of society. There are a vast number of clubs and societies, including a variety of sports options, speech & drama club, film society, a range of choirs and bands, debating society, and Young Enterprise. [4]

Key information for 2024 entry to Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park) at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: 29 June 2023
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam dates: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interview date: 10 January 2024
  • Offers sent – acceptance deadline: 9 February – 5 March 2024
  • Contact Details: 020 7535 2777, [email protected], www.fhs-nw1.org.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park) at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of Francis Holland’s open events. Francis Holland’s next Open Morning will take place on 29 June 2023. Booking will open on 26 May 2023. You can book and find out more information about this event on the Francis Holland website. Please ensure you book this Open Morning early, as places tend to fill up quickly.

This will give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure Francis Holland is the right choice for you. 

Francis Holland is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. There are three parts to the Francis Holland 11+ admissions process: 

  • School Reference: a confidential reference from your daughter’s current Headteacher 
  • Assessment: a test of your daughter’s cognitive ability, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, creative and critical thinking 
  • Interview: a face-to-face interview to explore their current skill set and intellectual ability 

 

Francis Holland is part of the London 11+ Consortium and has adopted a co-ordinated approach to the 11+ examination with these other schools. When you apply to Francis Holland, you must inform them of where your daughter will sit the exam. Your daughter can sit the exam in her current school, if they are able to host it, or any of the London 11+ Consortium Schools that you have applied to. 

The school does not value one part of the application process over another. The reference, examination, and interview are all considered equally important.

If the school has to decide between two or more candidates who meet the admission requirements, they may give preference to girls:

  • who have a sibling at the school
  • whose parent is an alumnus 
  • whose parent or guardian is a current member of staff
  • with a particular skill or talent 
  • who are daughters of Church of England clergy

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park)?

To register your child for Francis Holland, you should complete the online application form which can be found here. The registration fee is £150 and is non-refundable. 

If you wish to apply for a bursary or scholarship (academic, music, art, or sport) you can do this on the same registration form link or contact the registrar for further details.  

Further details on the admissions and registration process at Francis Holland can be found on the school’s website.

What is the 11 Plus (11+) entrance exam format for Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park)?

The entrance exam is 100 minutes long and it is split into multiple distinct sections: 

  • Maths – (20 minutes) based on the National Curriculum for Year 5, will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum 
  • Non-verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns & think logically 
  • English comprehension – (20 minutes) piece of fiction which is written especially for the Consortium exams, no extended writing is required 
  • Verbal reasoning – (10 minutes) assessment of a candidate’s ability to identify the correct use of standard English in context 
  • Break – (30 minutes) 
  • Puzzles & problem-solving – (15 minutes) tests the ability of candidates to use words & numbers to solve multi-step problems
  • Creative comprehension – (25 minutes) candidates have to use information from a variety of different sources to answer questions

The first part of the test, up to the break, is adaptive. This means the questions are tailored to the child’s performance. 

The second part is non-adaptive, meaning all the candidates will have the same questions. The English comprehension passage will also be the same for all candidates, but the questions will be adaptive.

How to prepare your child for the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium exam

The most useful way to prepare for the London 11+ Consortium’s entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

Despite the London 11+ Consortium exam being administered online, we recommend the following resources. These are tailored to help your child practise the questions types and topics expected to feature in the real test:

London 11+ Consortium 11+ Practice Tests

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